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Hard Work Ethic From My Father

In business, family friends, motivation by Michael Michelini7 Comments

I remember growing up, my dad would never let me call out sick from school. No matter how sick I was, how tired, how depressed, discouraged, or anything – I had to go to school. I won the perfect attendance award every year I can remember, from 1st grade all the way through high school. It just wasn’t accepted, missing …

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Is It Bad To Tell Too Much, To Be Too Real?

In motivation by Michael Michelini10 Comments

I am not going to disclose the people who suggest this, but a few people say I am telling TOO MUCH on my blog. That showing my chaotic and insane life online may scare employees, business partners, and current or potential customers – as well as show my competitors who may be reading this too much inside information on my …

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American Expats Giving Up USA Citizenships

In usa by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Yes, I bet this headline caught your attention. My friend Scott sent me this new york times article today – Lammy just sent me US Expat Taxes Drive Americans Away, and I thought I would discuss it more. “What we have seen is a substantial change in mentality among the overseas community in the past two years,” said Jackie Bugnion, …

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Travel Tips I should follow

In travel by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Man, I guess EVERYONE out there has been worried about the way I travel these days….my friend Lammy sending me a private facebook message, my friend Yuki in Shanghai telling me I need an assistant to travel along side me (of course, Yuki volunteered for that role, so long as I paid her and paid her travel expenses, not a …

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Back from Thailand – Government Protesters Freaked me Out

In travel by Michael MicheliniLeave a Comment

Again, I feel spoiled (fortunate!) to be an American….seeing these political and economical troubles still shocking to me…..Bangkok, Thailand is such a beautiful city, yet there is political unrest. I am not at all an expert on the political conditions, nor do I want to study them that deeply, but basically there is an uprising in the people about the …

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Philippines – So Beautiful yet such political + economical problems

In business, philippines business, travel by Michael MicheliniLeave a Comment

Last full day in Philippines, next step is Thailand. It still amazes me, Philippines is such a beautiful country…and the people are generally so nice and friendly… is it possible its under such difficult political and economical conditions…. for example, our beach house this morning didn’t have power for a few hours….and this is a normal issue. Another issue is …

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Snorkeling in Puerto Galera Philippines

In philippines business, travel by Michael MicheliniLeave a Comment

Finally have a bit of destressing on this trip. Many think this is like a vacation to me, but really the past couple weeks traveling have been almost purely business!!! And the stressful preparations for the Xiamen internet show, and booth, was really insane. Not to mention dealing with website problems for some ecommerce stores and warehouse systems along the …

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Video of the Traffic and Streets of Manila

In business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

posted this on facebook too, but for those in China, where facebook is blocked, I thought i would quickly upload this here on my blog. Maybe I’ll try to post more videos in addition to photos, I was trying to get good photos of the environment here, but only a video can really capture it. enjoy! ( update Aug 2014 …

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International Business – Forcing things to work

In business, travel by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Writing this at 5am walking down a sides street in makati, manila, Philippines from my mobile phone…..still blows my mind the drastic changes in climate, economics, and culture in 1 country or region to the next,,,,,and makes me realize how sheltered i grew up in safe and secure us of america! but really, like i title this blog, business is …

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Still Feel I’m holding myself back

In family friends, motivation, travel by Michael Michelini10 Comments

Another day in Xiamen, visited some ecommerce and sourcing people, hoping to grow some connections here and get to know the city more. Most of the others from the trade show left on Sunday, almost immediately after the trade show ended…..not giving one extra day before or after to see the city. Maybe I used to be like that, short …

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Connection of China and USA Internet

In china business, china seo by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Its become my passion, connecting the USA and Chinese ecommerce. Being in China over a couple years now….and fighting both sides – US ebay accounts requiring a USA IP address, Chinese government banning certain foreign websites, VPNs, international shipping without tracking, chargebacks, duties, trademarks….. I am so attracted to it because SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF IT. That means …

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In Xiamen – SMX Internet Trade Show

In china business, travel, websites by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Arrived in Xiamen yesterday, Jojo booked me a flight at 7:40am – so I arrived here bright and early to prepare for today’s Chinese Search Marketing Expo. This year I prepared a booth and a speech – about how to sell directly in the USA market. As chinese companies need to become more competitive in today’s difficult economic environment (falling …